G. Tracy Mehan III, Executive Director of Government Affairs for the American Water Works Association (AWWA), emailed me this document he recently sent President-Elect Donald J. Trump. He gave me permission to post it.
The cover letter itself is quite brief and is shown below. It's standard fare. But the entire document - the cover letter plus more detail about the water issues that must be addressed - spans eight single-spaced pages. It's an excellent, succinct discussion of important water issues.
Take time to read the entire document. It promulgates the major water issues from AWWA's vantage point: infrastructure, cyberseciruty, source water protection, energy-water nexus, affordability, and scientific integrity and transparency. Recommendations are provided.
One thing I'd like to see is a thoughtful approach to infrastructure. Instead of simply 'replacing parts' I would like to see a more strategic view. Can we do something better than we did 50 or 100 years ago? Or will it be the SOS, except with new parts. The impetus to keep costs low might inhibit 'blue sky' thinking.
Time will tell.
I suspect this letter will go over much better with the AWWA membership than the American Institute of Architect's letter did with its membership.